The Nasdaq is down big again, but I don’t expect it to last long — and more in Thursday’s stock market recap.
Big sell-offs like the one we just saw in the Nasdaq on Wednesday tend to be reactionary and short-lived. So I expect to see this index bounce back, especially since the put/call ratio is currently above 1.
This indicates that markets are too bearish right now and should be heading higher.
Elsewhere in the news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 booster shots for children ages 12 to 15.
This gives children an extra dose of protection as they return to school at a time when COVID-19 infections are surging across the country and hospitalizations of children are rising.
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Roger’s Radar: COVID-19 Vaccinations, Testing Sends Walgreens Higher
Something I found quite interesting this morning was Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) and its premarket move.
Walgreens beat analyst expectations for fiscal first-quarter earnings after getting a boost from COVID-19 vaccinations and testing, also raising its forecast.
The news sent the stock up about 3% before it came back down a bit heading into the open.
Walgreens administered 15.6 million Covid vaccines in the first quarter — bringing its total to more than 56 million to date. Its pace of vaccinations accelerated from the previous quarter, when it gave 13.5 million shots, as adults came for booster shots and kids qualified for first-time shots. Covid vaccinations peaked at Walgreens in the third quarter of last year, when it administered 17 million shots.
So far, the company said it has administered over 9 million booster shots. It gave 6.5 million Covid tests in the first quarter.
Stock Market Recap: By the Numbers
This morning’s stock market futures recap:
- Close: 36,407.11.
- Futures: 36,345.
- Change: +54.
S&P 500 (mini)
- Close: 4,700.58.
- Futures: 4,693.25.
- Change: +0.75.
- Close: 15,771.78.
- Futures: 15,712.
- Change: -54.5.
- Close: 2,194.
- Futures: 2,196.5.
- Change: +5.9.
Note: Updated as of 9:16 a.m.
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